Friday, July 20, 2007

DIY Centerpieces

Those of you that are frequent followers of the Dish know that I am not a huge fan of DIY weddings. Having said that, I also know that there are a ton of brides that are ready to take the hand-made plunge. Centerpieces seem to be a favorite. So here goes…

First my rant. If I see one more lonely little bowl filled with water and one or two floating candle I may just scream. The same goes for a single pillar candle surrounded by rose petals. If you are going to take on this project, how about using a little creativity girls? I am well aware that for most of you saving money is the object, but you are going to have to think outside the box a little for that. Also remember that the standard height rules apply: either tall enough to see under or low enough to see over.

The one on the left I found on Indie Bride: Simple, clean, cheap and easy. If you are going for that urban zen look you can’t beat it. Change the single flower to suit your style. An orchid would be lovely but a rose would look outdated.

The one on the right would work for anything either county or garden. It is simply a flat of wheat grass with flowers in water picks stuck down in it, tie a ribbon around the flat or wrap it in fabric. Easy enough.This one has daisies but change up the fabric and use tulips for spring or for fall use deep colored mums and sprinkle the grass with fall leaves.

We all know that everyone looks better in candle light. If you want to go this route the key is to mass the candles. See if you can order plain white or ivory pillars by the case. Get a case of several different sizes and mix them up on the table. Rent some inexpensive serving trays to put them on and fill in the rest of the tray with stones or coffee beans or even cranberries to fit your mood. Get creative. Tuck a single bloom in among the filler an BOOM, pretty, unique and reasonable inexpensive. Just remember to find out what your venues rules are regarding candles.

Another popular DIY centerpiece is to fill bowls with beautiful fresh fruit. The only problem with that is finding enough pretty fruit the day before your wedding. Plus if you buy that much fruit at the grocery store you may end up paying more that if you had had the florist do standard arrangements. This might help: limit you selection to two or three kinds of fruit that will be in season at the time of your wedding. Arrange with your caterer to order the fruit through their wholesale produce vendor. Rent the bowls. It’s worth a shot.

I would love to see your DIY centerpieces. So send them on.

(Vicki, please don’t hate me)

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Blogger Bernice said...

I searched up centerpieces and your page came up and the one with the black plate/tray is just what I'm looking for. Would you be able to tell me where you got the trays? TIA!

Tue Nov 13, 10:08:00 AM 2007  
Blogger your WEDDING DIVA said...

I think you can find them at I would also look at your local dollar stores.

Tue Nov 13, 10:21:00 AM 2007  
Anonymous Cindy said...

Howdy! My brother is getting married and i am in charge of centerpieces and decorations. I would like some ideas for decorations for the house since that will be where the bride and groom are coming first. This is going to be a three day wedding feast, and i would like to know how to keep the flower from dying. I would really appreciate your advice. Thank- you Cindy

Thu Nov 13, 03:22:00 PM 2008  
Blogger your WEDDING DIVA said...

Hi Cindy,
When is the wedding? What season it is can have a lot to do with it.
If you pick, good sturdy flowers that are in season and keep them well watered, 3 days shouldn't be a problem. You will also want to keep them away from heat and bright sunlight.

Thu Nov 13, 04:09:00 PM 2008  
Anonymous Cindy said...

I tried the dollars stores around here and couldn't find the tray. Do you have any idea of where to get it?

Thu Nov 20, 04:13:00 PM 2008  
Blogger your WEDDING DIVA said...

You might try a local party rental supply company or look for plain wood trays at the craft store and paint them satin black.

Thu Nov 20, 05:11:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I am going to try using sleek, black rectangular picture frames. I will have the candle, put the single flower stem in a water tube and use ice cream salt as the cover. That will give me the black, white and lime green when I use the single dendrobium orchid. Just a thought.

Thu Jan 01, 10:52:00 PM 2009  
Blogger your WEDDING DIVA said...

Sounds pretty Jennifer. send us a picture of your mock up.

Fri Jan 02, 06:38:00 AM 2009  
Blogger your WEDDING DIVA said...

Oh, one other thought. Micheal's regularly runs %50 off on their picture frames. I have found tons of simple black frames there. Also, if you find a deal on frames that aren't black...a can of satin finish black spray paint will make them all match.

Fri Jan 02, 06:40:00 AM 2009  

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